MRV Communications Inc. Introduces Industry's First High-Performance Linux
The OSR8000 is the First High Performance Enterprise Routing Switch to
Integrate the Linux Operating System
CHATSWORTH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 6, 1999-- MRV Communications Inc.
(Nasdaq:MRVC - news), a leading provider of high-speed optical network
components and systems, today announced the first high performance
enterprise switch router to integrate the Linux Operating System under its
NBase-Xyplex brand name.
``The OSR8000 has addressed the market demand for a flexible, high
performance enterprise solution that increases network bandwidth on demand
and preserves mission critical application requirements for enterprise and
service provider networks,'' said Noam Lotan, president and CEO of MRV
This revolutionary router was featured in this week's issues of PC Week,
Network World, Internet Week and EE Times. High performance has been
integrated with the ``Open'' architecture of Linux to create a seamless,
high performance enterprise switch routing package for enterprise and
service provider networks.
This is the first high performance Linux Router using the strength,
flexibility and scalability of an ``Open'' architecture, giving the customer
basic block functions and programmable interfaces.
The OSR8000 is a Linux switch router in an 18-slot chassis with a
40-Gigabit-per-second routing fabric, frame and cell scheduling, and high
speed ASICs, supporting up to 26 million packets per second of throughput. A
special feature is the programmable ``Packet Flow Processors'' for smart
networking applications. These new features can be deployed without
additional hardware upgrades, saving customers time and resources.
A Common Routing Platform Approach
Today, ``Open Source'' routing is rapidly gaining favor among developers. A
recent survey by Evans Marketing Services showed that 53% of surveyed
developers are in favor of open source software. A recent series of key
developments is helping Linux to emerge as a new viable standard in
Enterprise Operating Systems.
New enhancements to Linux are beginning to catch the attention of the
corporate IT groups. Improved interfaces, symmetric multi- processing
performance and an extended file system are, but a few of the improvements
that place Linux on a par with NT and NetWare.
These improvements have attracted industry leaders such as IBM, Oracle,
Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Intel and Dell computers in support of the Linux
Breakthrough Capabilities in Application Development
Most competing high-end switch router vendors require their customers to use
a proprietary software engine for all routing features. The proprietary
software running their routers restricts users who wish to add new
applications to their products. With Linux as its software systems base, the
OSR8000 allows customers who require this capability access to the basic
block functions and programmable interfaces needed for application
``The industry is growing and changing fast, but our average (service)
contract is seven to 10 years,'' said Tejas Vashi, data communications
product manager at Broadband Network Inc., in State College, Pa., and NBase
user. ``There will be (a) lot of changes over that time, so we'll need to
change, scale and migrate that system over (the) life of the contract.
Something like (the OSR8040-L) lets us add and delete things as we require
on the core. It lets us tailor the applications to the network itself.'' (PC
Week, April 5, 1999)
Customers who are unable to build their own applications will also benefit
from the open system routing design. As new networking technologies and
capabilities become available, they must first be ported to a router's base
code before the new features can be utilized. The Linux Open architecture
encourages the thousands of software developers to continue releasing new
To further complement enhanced routing, the OSR8000 includes integrated
application services with the multi-service functions of the Linux OS. These
include programmable Packet Flow Processors for `smart' networking
applications, the CODA distributed file system, improved directory services,
enhanced symmetric multiprocessing performance, load balancing and fault
The OSR8000 is an 18-slot modular chassis with a 40-Gigabit per second
routing fabric, frame and cell scheduling, and high speed ASICs. Optional
modules provide a flexible selection of port density and speed with 128 x
10/100 Ethernet ports, 64 OC12 ports or 32 x 1Gbps ports. Future modules
will include 128 ATM or POS OC3 ports and WDM and long-reach optics.
To ensure high-end scalability, the Linux Operating System supports multiple
processors and also supports IPsec. The OSR8000 includes support for Quality
of Service, numerous security features, policy-based management, SNMP, RMON,
VLANS, IP CIDR and router clustering.
It also includes a full suite of routing protocols and applications,
including: IP, RIP1/2, OSPF DHCP, ICMP, EGP, GDP, IRDP, IPX, MBR, IGMP,
DVMRP, PIM, SAP, NetBios, AppleTalk, DECnet, NAT and IP Masquerading.
The base chassis and initial modules of the OSR8000 routing switch will be
available in the 3rd quarter of 1999. The Linux Switch Router was developed
and will be manufactured by MRV's NBase division in Yokneam, Israel.
About MRV Communications Inc.
MRV Communications is a world-class leader in high-speed optical network
components and systems. Its products integrate switching, routing, remote
access and fiber-optic transmission to enhance the performance of LANs
(local area networks) and WANs (wide area networks) and telecommunications
networks. MRV's fiber-optic transmission components send voice, data and
video to carriers and residential networks.
Through its NBase-Xyplex brand, the company provides network enhancement
solutions that accelerate the deployment and improve the performance of
complex data networks.
MRV Communications Inc., Chatsworth
Diana Hayden, 818/886-6782